Gambian Women demand an increased representation in decision making positions

Gambian Women demand an increased representation in decision making positions

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Women In Liberation and Leadership (WILL) started this petition to Office of The President of The Republic of The Gambia and

In December 2016, Gambians made a historic decision by voting out a dictator of 22 years out of power. Gambian women played a major role and contributed immensely to the peaceful transition of the New Gambia. However, Gambian women are yet to reap the benefits of this newly found democracy and the pursuit for gender equality is retrogressing.

Whilst the New Gambian government promised to empower women and advance gender equality, the cabinet reshuffle effected in June 2018 saw women representation in cabinet reduced from 20% to 10%, leaving women acutely underrepresented in the Cabinet with only two female ministers. This totally undermines The Gambia National Development Plan and international norms and standards as reiterated in instruments such as the CEDAW, which calls for 30% women representation; the Maputo Protocol, otherwise known as the Banjul Charter; the AU protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the ECOWAS Gender and Development Policy, all of which call for equal representation across all sectors.

To address the current underrepresentation of women in cabinet and for the Government to honour its signatory obligations to these international laws, we demand that the President of The Republic of The Gambia takes the following actions:

1. To have at least 30% of Women in ministerial positions.
2. To establish a standalone Ministry of Women Affairs led by a woman, to avoid women issues being suppressed and undermined.
3. To implement the Quota system which guarantees women a minimum of 30% representation in key decision-making positions.

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